October 5th, 2018 at 7:30 pm – The 15th Daniel Pearl World Music Days
The Daniel Pearl World Music Days concerts inspire audiences with a sense of unity and purpose, reaffirming our commitment to international friendship by taking a stand against divisive forces. It is part of an international network of concerts that use the power of music to spread a commitment to tolerance and humanity.
This year our program is based on the topic of the Summer Reading Program: the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement. The 1960s were times of turbulent changes, and to start the program we will perform the world premiere of a new composition based on the protest song “We Shall Overcome,” which became a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. This new work is written by Roger Davis, a prominent composer and faculty member of the Department of Music, and received the title of “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS.”
The piece will be followed by Three Black Kings by Duke Ellington. Three Black Kings was the last major work written by Duke Ellington. As he lay dying in his hospital bed in 1974, he gave his son, Mercer, final instructions on how it was to be completed and orchestrated. The first movement, with its African rhythmic motifs, depicts Balthazar, the Black king of Nativity; the second is concerned with Solomon, King of Israel; and the third celebrates, with warm “down-home” feeling, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ellington’s good friend whose triumphs are celebrated in the inspiring finale. At its premiere, The New York Times noted “…with its crescendo of gospel rhythms and its expressionist symbols of marches and martyrdom…moves the spectator” and The Daily News hailed the work as “An intensely moving vision..,”
The concert will conclude with the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, one of the landmarks of the 1960s. West Side Story was originally a Broadway musical inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The movie released in 1961 was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning in 10 categories. This year we celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with this tribute to his art, since Bernstein was born on August 24, 1918.
November 28th, 2o18 at 7:30 pm – Music and Movies (M&Ms)
The intersection of music and movies sparks startling connections in the way it allows for the manipulation of the emotions of the audience. This transdisciplinary project will combine the efforts of Miami’s Film Studies program with our orchestra, as we premiere the composition Vocalise by Yovcho Krushev while accompanying a new movie produced by students of the Film Studies program.
Professor Siok Lian Tan will be soloist for the Spellbound Piano Concerto, based on the soundtrack from the movie Spellbound, which won the Oscar for the composer Miklós Rózsa. The movie was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and featured Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman in the main roles. A unique characteristic of the music is the use of the “theremin,” an eerie electronic instrument that perfectly portrays the chills associated with movie thrillers.
Performing the theremin we will bring the artist Rob Schwimmer, former Co-Director of the NY Theremin Society. He will be the soloist for the Love Scene from the movie Vertigo, also by Hitchcock. The program will be completed by famous excerpts from popular movies such as Princess Mononoke and Pirates of the Caribbean.
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- Piano Concerto in F by Roger Davis
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